Dental implants are the preferred choice for replacing missing teeth. Before dental implants, dentures, dental bridges and partial dentures were the only alternatives for replacing missing teeth. Today’s dental implants mimic the look, feel and function of real teeth. They typically consist of three parts.
The first part is the root replacement, which is often made of titanium that is surgically placed into the jawbone where it provides the foundation for an artificial tooth or a permanent denture. For a successful implant, you need proper bone density and a healthy immune system.
In the second part of the implant procedure, installation of an abutment or metal post takes place when the initial surgery has sufficiently healed. The post is the attachment point for the third part of the implant, the dental crown.